A lot has changed over the last few months. The consumer startups are going app-only model. Investors are investing heavily in the brave new mobile-first models and so is the industry. New mobile monetization models are emerging.
In fact, mobile is the way forward for India and expect the brave new world of bigMobility to disrupt a lot of businesses and existing models in the country.
Introducing bigMobilityConf, a conference that brings deep focus on mobility businesses, startups, app developers and importantly, bridges the gap between marketers and geeks.
We talk everything mobility under the sun – right from marketing to product management to monetization to the 3Ds of mobility business – Design, Discovery And Distribution; to the future of mobility, i.e IoT and wearables.
In the past we used to do 2 editions of bigMobilityConf every year, but this time around we decided to go all-in and do 1 mega bigMobilityConf which will bring together 1000+ startups, developers, investors and the productgeeks.
The next edition of bigMobilityConf is scheduled for September 12th in Bangalore (Venue: MLR Convention Center) preceded by a roadshow in NCR (August, TBA).
Treat this as a heads up for the conference. As with any NextBigWhat conference, the focus will be on amazing content and actionable insights.
We will be opening up the speaker and startup application form on July 24th. But for the early adopters out there, go ahead and block your seat (and grab 40% early bird discount, code : DRIP).
LinkedIn analysed the skills and experience data of its 332+ million members worldwide, including over 28+ million members in India to identify the skill categories that belonged to those members that had either changed employer or appeared in a recruiter’s search during 2014.
Here goes the top 25 list:
1. Statistical Analysis and Data Mining
2. Storage Systems and Management
3. Cloud and Distributed Computing
4. PR and Communications
5. Network and Information Security
6. Social Media Marketing
7. Algorithm Design
9. Web Architecture and Development Framework
10. Mac, Linux and Unix Systems
11. User Interface Design
12. Data Presentation
14. Mobile Development
16. Public Policy and International Relations
17. Digital and Online Marketing
18. Business Intelligence
19. Data Engineering and Data Warehousing
20. Game Development
21. Middleware and Integration Software
22. Market Research and Insights
23. Shell Scripting Languages
24. SEO/SEM Marketing
25. Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Note that the results of this analysis represent the world seen through the lens of LinkedIn data.
As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the site, which can vary based on professional, social, and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility. These variances were not accounted for in the analysis.
Having said that, one thing we’d like to stress on is that meeting investors shouldn’t be the utmost reason to attend UnPluggd. Attend UnPluggd to meet entrepreneurs and several DOERs of this space, which also includes investors.
Qn: What’s the official hashtag?
The official hashtag is #unpluggd
– Make sure to share your moment of the day using Twitter or other apps (Instagram, Vine, Flickr). Tag with #UnPluggd and share on Twitter.
– Also, you can upload pictures on Flickr and tag them UnPluggd.
Date : December 6th. Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore. Speakers/Agenda : Announced! Registration details : Hop here. Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 20% discount!! Got questions? Ask : email@example.com
Ezetap is one of the finest execution in mobile PoS space and at UnPluggd, Abhijit will share Ezetap journey – from building a hardware startup in the country to signing up partnerships (like SBI etc).
You should plan to attend his session if you are keen on learning growth and persistence!
Date : December 6th. Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore. Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out. Registration details : Hop here. Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 20% discount!! Got questions? Ask : firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, grab 40% discounts on UnPluggd tickets.
We are super excited about the conference and the opportunity it brings to entrepreneurs. At UnPluggd, our focus has always been to bring amazing insights to entrepreneurs, play the connector role super-effecively and importantly, create an ecosystem that brings actionable insight to the audience.
The next conference is scheduled for December 6th (next Saturday/Bangalore) and it’s going to be super amazing. Some of the topics include:
Hear Dhiraj Rajaram of MuSigma talk scaling up and lessons learned while building up.
#Startup Lessons Learned
Hear founders of companies like UrbanLadder, Indix and others share startup lessons learned while building the business.
#BraveTalk Hear some candid advice from founders of companies like Wishberg, Inteollcut, NotionInk talking about rejections and struggles that every entrepreneur has to go through. #StartupLaunch 10 startups will launch at UnPluggd. These are the NextBigWhats!
And ofcourse, we have several geeks, entrepreneurs, investors, angels attending the conference – expect an amazing day, followed by a super cool networking evening.
This is a weekend before UnPluggd and we are giving away 40% discount (which lasts only till Nov 30th). The prices will go up (in all probability, we will close the networking evening tickets by Monday, as we are almost sold out).
Go ahead and book your tickets. Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab your 40% discount.
Date : December 6th. Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore. Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out. Registration details : Hop here. Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 30 40% discount!! [valid only till this weekend]
Very few founders are *lucky* enough to see the different flavors of entrepreneurship in a short span of time.
‘Survival’.’Fame’. ‘Rejections’. “Being Written Off’. ‘Survival’. ‘Growth’. ‘Still Trying’
Meet Rohan Shravan, Founder of NotionInk.
Rohan is one of the few entrepreneurs in India who have really pushed the envelope. They launched global products, created massive buzz, sold stuff, got written off, managed to survive and well, today Cain is one of the finest product in its segment!
Hear Rohan share-it-all at UnPluggd, India’s most amazing startup conference.
UnPluggd brings amazing traction to launch startups and this time, we are making it extremely special (more on that will be announced at UnPluggd!).
To those who have already applied, you’d have got an update by now. If you have made it to the first stage, you will hear from us very soon.
UnPluggd Launch Application Form
Date : December 6th. Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore. Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out. Registration details : Hop here. Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 30 40% discount!! [valid only till this weekend]
BraveTalk at UnPluggd brings together some real lessons around shutdown, struggles, failures, being written off that founders have been through. These are the lessons that nobody talks in public forum, except at UnPluggd.
Introducing the first speaker as part of BraveTalk session.
Pravin Of Wishberg.
Till recently Pravin (@BeingPractical) was the Founder & CEO of Wishberg, one of the most looked up startups in India.
At UnPluggd, Pravin will talk about his journey of starting Wishberg.
Topic : “If I Startup Again…”
Wishberg was acqui-hired by FreeCharge recently.
Like every other entrepreneur, Pravin started with the aim of building a large billion dollar company but unfortunately that was not the outcome of his entrepreneurial journey. He shares his mistakes, failures, learnings, experiences from his 1000 day journey, and things he would do when he will startup again.
If you are an entrepreneur who is willing to share-it-all at BraveTalk session, please do apply using this form.
UnPluggd Winter Edition Details
Date : December 6th. Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore. Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out. Registration details : Hop here. Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 30 40% discount!! [valid only till this weekend, i.e .Nov 24th].
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Startups are all about scaling up. But UrbanLadder took a very different approach to build scale. They scaled down their operations after raising funding (read this interview with cofounder, Rajiv).
#urban ladder has demonstrated the value of building a niche business in ecommerce space which is mostly crowded now. The company has gone through its own journey of market creation and importantly, a decision to scale down before scaling up!
At UnPluggd, hear some amazing product insights from Ashish Goel – right from product management fundamentals to growth hacking. To quickly share, UrbanLadder did a lot of quirky UX implementation to create the right positioning among the buyers and if you are an entrepreneur going through questions around product/market fit or related to scaling up, you should surely attend this session!
If you are an entrepreneur who is wobbled with too many mn$ funding news, come over to UnPluggd and listen up to some of the real challenges founders have been through. Hear founders talk some serious shit! Only at UnPluggd !!
Date : December 6th. Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore. Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out.
The event wil be followed by networking evening (buy the tickets here). Registration details : Hop here. Discount: Use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 30 40% discount!! [valid only till this weekend].
UnPluggd launch stage application is ON and the last day to submit your application is Nov 22nd, 23:59 PM.
To those who have submitted the details, you would have received an update from us (check spam folder). To the ones who have made it to the first round, expect the final update by tomorrow.
The launch application deadline is November 22nd and while we are overwhelmed with the application numbers this time, we are first processing applications that have come from outside Bangalore. We want to ensure that founders don’t end up spending a lot of money in travel. Please bear with us!
The Launch Application Form
Date : December 6th.
Venue : Hotel Park Plaza, Marthahalli, Bangalore.
Speakers/Agenda : The partial list is out.
Registration details : Hop here.
use the code NEXTBIGWHATTWO to grab 30% discount!! [valid only till this weekend]
Got questions? Ask : email@example.com
Zoho has announced Zoholics India, their innovations event at Bangalore on the 20 and 21 of November 2014. The event will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Bangalore.
Speaking at the two day event are Sridhar Vembu – CEO of Zoho, Raju Vegensa and Rajendran Dandapani – Evangelists at Zoho, Vijay Sundgaran – CSO at ZOHO, Sridhar Iyengar – VP of product management and other prominent people from Zoho.
From design and development to customer service, we’ve learnt a lot from our failures in every dimension and would love to share our lessons with you at our first ever event in India.
Zoho, previously AdventNet, was established in Chennai in 1996 by Sridhar Vembu and has offices in USA, China and Japan. The company was completely bootstrapped and has never secured investments from external ventures.
Zoholics is surely a recommended conference for those who are keen on understanding building global product businesses from India and how Zoho cracked distribution/marketing in the world dominated by Salesforce and Google.
It’s been two years since we rebranded from Pluggd.in to NextBigWhat and the journey so far has been full of fun and energy.
We are making some massive changes in the way we look at startups and content and like any article on NextBigWhat, let me share this with you in a short and to-the-point manner.
What’s NextBigWhat For NextBigWhat?
We started with a vision to be most useful platform for startups/entrepreneurs and the ecosystem . There is a great momentum of startups in the country and for us, this is the time to stay ahead in the game and drive the next revolution.
There are a few changes that we are bringing to the table and I’d like to share with you. You are the reason why we exist and all of our readers / lovers / haters are part of the extended family (let’s call it NextBigFamily).
A few important changes:
We never considered ourselves a news/ media outlet. I don’t belong to media business and we’d rather build on our strength – i.e. product thinking. We are platformizing majority of NextBigWhat (first announcement is due tomorrow).
We play 3C role in the ecosystem : Connector, Cheerleader and Critic. And platform approach is THE approach to go for us.
– News We believe that industry coverage is an important element, but that cannot be THE biggest focus area for us. We have always been about interesting perspective, debates and heated conversations (not so much about ‘how 3 IITians started <blah> or ‘Exclusive : <blah> has raised undisclosed funding from undisclosed investors’ ).
Going forward, we will tone down our news coverage and instead focus on bringing more perspective and analysis. Expect a lot of ‘Pluggd.in’ styled articles.
What does this translate to? More opinions (more typos :) / hey! did you check the title?).
We aren’t hiring experienced journalists (especially the ones who want to write breaking pieces/collect quotes) anymore. Given our platform focus, we want to bring a lot of people with interesting perspective and smart take on industry updates (if you are one, please talk to us). Plus, we are opening the floodgates for interesting guest authors and doers (more on that later).
From a news coverage point of view, we are soon launching a completely new format for news consumption.
Our 10 commandments We live by our 10 commandments. We do not do exclusive funding news, especially for angel/early stage startups. When in doubt, we lean towards the entrepreneur.
We continue to do focused conferences – UnPluggd is already the most inspirational, useful and respected startup event in the country, and formats like bigMobilityConf has shaped up damn well!
The coming year is a big one for NextBigWhat, as it is for Indian Entrepreneurship. It’s an exciting time ahead. And we’re looking forward to playing an enabler/ supporting role in this – egging folks on to dream bigger, bridging the gaps with the real world, asking the tough questions and bringing diverse, wide and unique perspectives to the table so it helps entrepreneurs and product teams truly make a difference, not just some money.
We’d love to have your testimonials, wishes, comments, suggestions whatever – leave us a note! Just say, Hi !
PS : Sincere apologies to entrepreneurs whose mail I haven’t managed to reply. I am red-eyed focus on building the platform and please be patient for another few days, before we reveal the NextBigThing to you!
– Ashish Sinha / On Behalf of the Team.
PS : We are hiring and looking for people who want to be a part of the next big revolution. The ones who want to play a big role in new media platform space. The ones who can think and do.
NextBigWhat’s upcoming hackathon is scheduled for November 15th and 16th and here is all what you need to know about the hackathon.
At NextBigWhat hackathon, we have always focused on actionable ideas and hacks that can be covered into PoCs (and eventually, startups!). If you are sitting on an idea, looking to grow the existing one – the NextBigWhat hackathon is a perfect place to be.
The hackathon doesn’t end with the hackathon
We will work closely with selected hackers after the hackathon and have them demo a working prototype @UnPluggd ! Nothing like ideation -> massive launch in 3 weeks.
What Can I Hack Around?
A) Your own idea.
B) A few selected Indian startup APIs.
C) ofcourse, relevant APIs and frameworks that you want to use.
November 15th and 16th | Venue : Paytm Office, Bangalore (HSR layout).
– The Team formation Can I bring my team ? Yeah. Go ahead and register them all ! What if I don’t have a team? Don’t worry. Come over, pitch your idea and form a team (or join another team). We will be enabling team formation and other discussions online to make it hassle free.
We will start the team formation process starting this weekend.
How does this work?
The hackathon starts Saturday morning : ideas are frozen and teams are decided. The hackathon continues till the next day (you need not stay at the venue during the hackathon).
The demo happens on Sunday 6 PM and 3 winning hacks will be selected from these. These winners will get a chance to demo @UnPluggd.
Is this free? Paid?
The hackathon is totally free for those who have bought UnPluggd ticket (they need to however apply for the hackathon/details have already been shared with them in a separate email).
If you just want to only attend the hackathon, go ahead and register here.
Can I bring my team ? Yeah. Go ahead and register them all. What if I don’t have a team? Don’t worry. Come over, pitch your idea and form a team (or join another team). We will be enabling team formation and other discussions online to make it hassle free. Who are the mentors? We will announce shortly. What about lunch, snacks and coffee? Of course, we will take care of that. What’s not allowed? Your existing codebase (and Himesh Reshamiya songs). Got questions? Email : firstname.lastname@example.org.